Mem­o­ris­ing 37 miles of

Mcguin­ness has 23 TT vic­to­ries to his name and has com­pleted more than a 1000 race laps

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‘I’m not one of those rid­ers that goes through the course in their head, think­ing about ev­ery gear change and ev­ery bump. To be honest, if I start think­ing about it too much it starts to scare me. A lot of peo­ple me­morise ev­ery­thing, but I don’t. When I was 17 I came over on my TZR125, filled it up with petrol and rode around un­til it ran out, and then did it again and again.

“I watched V for Vic­tory a mil­lion times and then just put the laps in un­til I knew it. Now it’s en­graved in my mind and I don’t even have to think about the course lay­out. I know the course bump for bump, gear for gear, but only the track. Milky Quayle knows ev­ery lamp­post, tree and kerb, but I don’t have those ref­er­ence points – so I have less to remember.

“The real twist is that you’ve never got it ab­so­lutely nailed. You know where you’re go­ing but there are some things you just can’t pre­pare for like wind, damp sec­tions or new bumps in the sur­face. Some rid­ers spend ages go­ing round the track be­fore TT week but I don’t bother, you can never learn as much as you do when you do your

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